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Suggested deployment steps for PCs with Windows XP

(Deployment steps also available for a new PC with Windows 7 or Windows 8)

1. Configure and purchase a Dell Vostro Desktop with several specifc upgrades/shopping cart choices:
  • Navigate to Dell Small/Medium-sized Business site, as Vostro line is not available on Dell Home site
  • Choose a conventional form-factor Vostro model (such as Vostro 200/Vostro 400)
  • Upgrade to Windows XP Professional as O/S choice ($99)
  • Add second hard drive equal or greater in storage size as the default hard drive
  • Upgrade to writeable optical drive (CD or DVD burner)
  • Upgrade to optical mouse and basic speakers
  • Eliminate all optional add-in software/services except Microsoft Works
  • ***OPTIONAL: Step up Memory to 2x default amount (at least 2GB)
  • ***OPTIONAL: Step up CPU choice to next faster processor
  • Prior to purchasing, check popular coupon sites (google 'Dell coupons') for current coupon codes that can be applied at checkout

2. Define system/user/admin variables just prior to first boot, the enter them during initial set up sequence:

  • Agree to Dell EULA by pressing any key.
  • Make note of the Service Tag #, if you haven't already. Press any key again.
  • At the 'Welcome to Microsoft Windows' screen, click next.
  • Leave the default region and language settings if you're in the U.S. Click next
  • Select the correct time zone. Click next
  • Click the 'Yes, I accept' radio button. Click next
  • At the 'Help protect your PC' screen, click the 'Not right now' radio button. Click next
  • Computer name: <buyer prefix>0<O/S><computer #><description suffix> , Ex.: lm0xp08wrk
  • Computer description: <Computer name> <O/S> <Computer Type> , Ex.: lm0xp08wrk Windows XP Pro Dell Vostro 1400 Laptop
  • Administrator Password: <define one you won't/can't forget>
  • Leave the default of 'Yes' on the screen that asks 'Will this computer conenct to the Internet directly, or through a network'. Click next
  • Select the 'No, not at this time' radio button at the screen that asks 'Ready to register with Mirosoft?'. Click next >
  • Windows Login (Your name): Choose one that protects anonymity: <buyer prefix><'user'>, Ex.: lmuser
  • Though you won't enter them during the initial setup, have handy:
  • Windows Login password: <something with letters and numbers, 8 characters or more>
  • Windows Login password hint: <A phrase you won't forget that will help you remeber it>, Ex.: Available from repository
  • Workgroup: Something shorter than 8 characters, will be the same for all your computers <buyer prefix><'lan'>. Ex.: lmlan

3. Uninstall specific, pre-installed Software:

  • Navigate to Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs
  • Uninstall Browser Address Error Redirector
  • Uninstall Google Toobar and Google Desktop
  • Uninstall Dell Support Center a software
  • Uninstall Java(TM) (as it will be updated later)
  • Uninstall SearchAssist. Reboot

4. Optimize the taskbar:

  • Right-click on the Windows Taskbar, select 'Properties'
  • Unselect: Lock the taskbar, Group similar taskbar buttons, Hide inactive icons
  • Click OK.
  • Right-click on the Windows Taskbar, select 'Toolbars > Quick Launch'
  • Select 'Start > All Programs > Accessories > Windows Explorer > <right-click> Send To > Desktop (create shortcut)'
  • Drag the Windows Explorer desktop shortcut you just created to the Quick Launch taskbar toolbar'

5. Reconfigure Windows Default folder view:

  • CIick on the Windows Explorer Quick Launch shortcut you created in Step 3.
  • In Windows Explorer, select the Details view by toggling the multi-color button (Views) next to the Folders button
  • In Windows Explorer, select View > Status Bar
  • In Windows Explorer, select View > Toolbars > Address Bar  (or make sure it's already selected)
  • In Windows Explorer, select Tools > Folder Options menu
  • In the General Tab, select Use Windows classic folders. Click OK
  • In the View Tab, select the following:
    Display the contents of system folders
    Display the full path in the address bar
    Display the full path in the title bar
    Show hidden files and folders
    <Unselect> Hide extensions for known file types
    Show Control Panel in My Computer
  • Click Apply. Click Apply to All Folders. Click Yes and OK

6. Adjust display properties:

  • Right-click anywhere on the Desktop, select 'Arrange Icons By > Auto Arrange'
  • Right-click anywhere on the Desktop, select 'Properties > Themes'
  • In the Themes tab, select 'Windows Classic' and click OK
  • Download optimized graphics files intended for use as desktop wallpaper (such as a .bmp) to C:/Windows folder
  • Right-click anywhere on the Desktop, select 'Properties > Screen Saver'
  • Select your screen saver preference. Click the Power button. Set all power shceme time options to 'Never'. Click 'save as' and name the new power scheme 'lan'
  • Click the Power Options Properties > Advanced tab. Unselect 'Prompt for password when computer resumes from standby'
  • Click the Power Options Properties > Hibernate tab. Unselect 'Enable Hibernation'
  • Click OK and OK
  • Right-click anywhere on the Desktop, select 'Properties > Settings'. Set the screen resolution to higher, more useful resolution that the default (800 x 600)

7. Open Internet Explorer and set default home page:

  • Open IE for the first time. Click to accept to any application prompts and/or to turn on phishing filter.
  • Navigate to
  • Right-click just underneath the URL bar and check Menu Bar.
  • Select Tools > Internet Options. Under the General tab, click 'Use current' in the Home page section. Click Ok.
  • If desired, log into respository and copy computer deployment varables to local text file.

8. Set up shared folder in root of C:\ drive:

  • Navigate to C: and create a folder called 'shared'.
  • Right-click on the shared folder, and select 'Sharing and Security'
  • Click on the link that reads 'If you understand the security risks but want to share files without running the wizard, click here'
  • Select 'Just enable file sharing'. Click OK
  • Select 'Share this folder on the network' & 'Allow network users to change my files'. Name the share <computer name>-c-shared. Click OK.

9. Copy 'FreshStart' applications disc or directory to shared folder:

  • Create this path: C:\shared\system\_FreshStart
  • Copy FreshStart contents into 'system\_FreshStart' folder either via CD-ROM copy or network push via Goodsyn

10. Install an Antivirus:

11. Label physical drives and move 'My Documents' to D: drive (or root of C: drive):
  • In Windows Explorer, right-click on each physical drive and select 'Properties' and name them with this format: <computer name>-c & <computer name>-d
  • Create a new folder in the 'D' drive and name it 'My Documents'
  • Also in Winodws Explorer, right-click on the previous My Documents folder and select 'Properties'
  • Click the 'Move' button and Navigate to and select the 'D' drive My Documents folder and click OK. Click Yes and OK to confirm your choice

12. Set Windows Login password and workgroup:

  • Open Control Panel > User Accounts > <current user> > Create a password >
    Type the Windows Login password and the
    Windows Login password hint you defined in step 2.
  • Click the Create Password button.
  • Click 'No' on the screen that asks 'Do you want to make your files and folders private?' Close the User Accounts Window
  • Open Control Panel > System > 'Computer name' tab > 'Change...' button
    Change the workgroup name from the default 'WORKGROUP' to the Workgroup name you defined in step 2.
  • Reboot. Login with the password you just set up.

13. Set Windows Auto-login:

  • Open Control Panel > Tweak UI > Logon tab and click 'Log on automatically at system startup'
  • Click the Control Panel > Tweak UI > Explorer tab and click 'Light arrow' and unselect 'Prefix "Shortcut to" on new shortcuts. Click OK and OK
  • Reboot

14. Install Microsoft Office or other productivity suite:

  • Install Java
  • If you do not have a valid Microsoft Office registration key, a good alternative is to download and install the OpenOffice Productivity suite, which is compatible with Microsoft Office

15. Patch and update Microsoft Office / Windows:

16. Install other important utilities and applications:

17. Install a Software Firewall:

  • A preferred choice for Windows XP users is Sygate Personal Firewall. (LAN IP range is )
    One option for Vista users is ZoneAlarm or the default Windows Firewall.

18. Install several Antispyware applications:

19. Install diagnostic tools and media applications:

20. Install other useful software, if desired:

  • Install Gmail Notifier
  • Install GoodSync
  • Install SwitchOff
  • Install SetBrowser
  • Install Digsby
  • Install DivX
  • Install Dropbox
  • Install Exact Audio Copy
  • Install DVD43
  • Install HandBrake
  • Install AF5_Rename_Your_Files
21. Deploy custom support information into Windows System Information:
  • Download OEMLOGO.BMP into C:\WINDOWS\system32\OEMLOGO.bmp and Custom PC, Dell or Vostro OEMINFO.INI into C:\WINDOWS\system32\OEMINFO.INI

22. Alphabetize the All Programs list:



Larry Madden

Computer name: lm0xp08wrk - Service Tag: 3JK8PY7
Computer description: lm0xp08wrk - Windows XP Pro Dell Vostro 1720 Laptop
System Description: lmadden-lm0xp08wrk
Dell Express Service Code: 58694782156
Mfg. Date: 20100924
Windows Login (Your name): lmuser
Windows Login password: distinctive123
Workgroup: lmlan

C drive name: lm0xp08wrk-c
Shared folder path: \\lm0xp08wrk\shared
Windows Login password hint: Available from repository
LAN IP range:
IE Title Bar text: supports this PC

Windows Build: Microsoft Windows 7 Pro OA (Part No. X16-96076)

Office Build: Microsoft Office Standard 2007 (Part No. X16-70787)

SUPERAntiSpyware Professional Registration Code: 000-000-0000

GoodSync Name: Larry Madden
GoodSync Order Number: 0000000000

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Consumer License ID: 0XX00-X00XX
Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Consumer License Key: XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX



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